Catalogue description Admiralty: Captains' Logs

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Reference: ADM 51
Title: Admiralty: Captains' Logs

These logs were maintained by the captain of each ship in commission, and kept in manuscript form on a continuous daily basis. They cover details of the employment and position of the ship and ship's company, details of weather encountered, and provide a full picture of the daily routine of a naval vessel under sail. Some occasionally provide a list of the crew.

Also includes a small number of lieutenants' logs.

PLEASE NOTE: selections of digitised log books for key periods and shipping lanes are available on the external UK Colonial Registers and Royal Navy Logbooks (CORRAL) project dataset site.

Date: 1669-1853

The series is arranged alphabetically, and in chronological order under each ship.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 4563 volume(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated

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